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St. Louis (KSDK) - St. Louis homicide detectives are investigating the discovery of a body early Thursday, on the ground in a vacant lot next to a pest control company.

Police were called around 6:45 a.m. Thursday after a passer-by notified the department of what appeared to be a dead woman lying on the ground.

Authorities arrived on scenein the 2400 block ofN. Grand Boulevard,nearNorth Market Streetm and immediately began their investigation.

The victim has not been identified, but investigators said her body displayed obvious signs of trauma.

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